My photography involves a lot of solo hiking, so safety and comfort in the outdoors are fundamental parts of the process. One of my basic rules is that safety gear is the first thing to be packed – camera equipment has to fit in around it. The Australian bush is an inspiring place to explore and photograph but it takes no prisoners. Poor preparation, bad judgement or bad luck can quickly put you into a dire situation. I've posted some tips on preparing for hikes here and here. Below is a list of equipment that accompanies me on my outdoor wanderings.

Backpacks
Deuter Futura 32 litre
Black Wolf Mountain Ash 45 litre
Lowe Alpine TFX Wilderness 65+15 litre

Safety
Magellan eXplorist 100 handheld GPS
GME MT410G Accusat 406 MHz personal locator beacon
Topographic maps and compass
Steripen UV water purifier
First aid kit, raincoat, torch, mobile phone

Comfor
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MSR Pocket Rocket stove (for the quickest and easiest cuppas to be had in the great outdoors)
Compact umbrella
Insect repellent & sunscreen

Additional equipment for camping out:
Tents
Macpac Microlight 3 season hiking tent
Oztent RV-3 basecamp tent

Sleeping gear
Mont Nadgee down sleeping bag
Thermarest NeoAir XLite sleeping mat

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